As Area Director for the Dekalb office and faculty member with the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (UGA SBDC), Mark delivers high-value consulting and educational resources to entrepreneurs, business owners, and senior-level managers. Mark assists valued clients in evaluating and strategizing the best and most efficient path to starting or growing a successful business.

Mark Collier joins the UGA SBDC after an accomplished career in the private sector and a temporary assignment with the U.S. Small Business Administration office of disaster assistance. As a capital projects program manager, Mark has successfully managed a series of residential, mixed-use, and commercial real estate development projects over a 20-year career. Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the SBDC in the critical business functional areas of strategic planning, project management, business process improvement, and operational efficiency improvement initiatives. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University and a Master of Business Administration. from Tulane University.

Mark was named 2019, 2020, and 2021 Flewellen Award Winner for consulting excellence at the UGA SBDC which is one of the highest honors at the SBDC. The award winner(s) must perform at a level of excellence in multiple consulting categories throughout the previous calendar year.

Mark was appointed to Georgia Governor Kemp’s Georgian’s First taskforce on minority and woman-owned business engagement where he contributed his wealth of knowledge on the goals, challenges, and pain points of small business growth and development.

Mark also hosts The Playbook business show on the ASBN network here in Atlanta where he interviews emerging entrepreneurs, seasoned business owners, and resource experts. Mark has also authored several white papers which have been featured in national publications. Mark has a true passion for small business growth and development.